Top 10 New Year’s Eve movies matched with sparkly dishes

It’s nearly here… The night of fireworks, champers and funny hats! Of countdowns, resolutions and kissy kisses on the dot of midnight. It’s New Year’s Eve and I don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to make it to midnight. Then, if I do, I regret it the next day with my eyelids sagging to the floor. Was it worth it? Hmmm.

As someone said on Facebook today, this day is one of the few celebrations the whole world joins in on. The universal fireworks festival full of cheer (for most of us, anyway). So, let’s celebrate it in style with movies that show the good, the bad and the ugly side of this funny old day/night.

Countdown time…

Top 10 New Year’s Eve movies (with sparkly dishes)

10. New Year’s Eve (2011)

Yep, it had to be on this list. It’s not the best movie in the world but it does feature NYE pretty damn prominently so I had to include it. This is one of these films that features a whole heap of awesome and not-so-awesome actors/resses with famous names (Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher – to name a few) to draw us all in. Unfortunately it’s not always a great movie. But look at it as a bit of harmless fluff to enjoy over a glass of bubbly. Here ’tis…

9. Poseidon (1972)

I hate movies where boats sink and people drown. It leaves me gasping for air but this is a classic New Year’s Eve movie so here it is at number nine. It stars Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Roddy McDowall in a tale about a party turned upside down… literally. Freaky!!!! Yep the New Year for these sailors aint so grand, or is it? Find out…

8. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Now if you love weird old comedies with awesome actors, this one is for you. It’s a Cohen brothers movie so you know it’s going to be quirky. The incredible Tim Robbins stars as Norville Barnes who has arrived from small town Indiana to the big smoke, NYC. He gets caught up in mysteries and the story reaches its climax on (surprise, surprise) New Year’s Eve where Norville finds himself on the edge of a skyscraper!

Snack 1:

One of the fancy traditions of New Year’s Eve has to be a beautiful, sparkly drink. Whether it has alcohol in it or not, a special drink will put you in party mood from the get-go. Make this beautiful bevvy at your NYE party this year…It’s Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz with Thyme from The Messy Baker.

7. 200 Cigarettes (1999)

This rings a bell. Looking for a movie with HEAPS of characters set on New Year’s Eve? The precursor to our number ten Top NYE film has to be this one. It stars the Affleck boys, Kate Hudson, Paul Rudd and a hundred million other youngish, cool actors (well they were then). It’s New York City on New Year’s Eve with lots of pretty, insecure, loopy characters who fall in and out of love, creep the dark streets of this crazy city all before midnight. Cool!

6. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

Yes I’m a girl and I loved this movie. It’s romantic, funny and quirky. Awww the songs, the sad old drunken Bridgy, the sparkles of hope rising from the depths of despair. Gotta love it! Our gal Bridget (Renee Zellweger) makes a solid-ish New Year’s resolution to write a diary and get her life in order. Does she do it? Well, haven’t you seen it yet? Check it out…

5. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Oh I love a good classic movie about murder, mystery and the seedy underbelly of Hollywood. So fun! Screenwriter, Joe Gillis (William Holden) is down on his luck. An ex-silent movie actress takes him in, hiring him to help her turn her awful script into something kinda good sorta. She starts obsessing over him, buying him gifts including a suit for a NYE party where Joe realises that Norma has the hots for him. Then things go from bad… to worse, ending in foul play, I’m afraid.

Snack 2:

Put something solid in your old tum-tum with these cute as a boot, Mini Cheeseburgers from Martha Stewart. Add a bowl of your favourite fries, chips or healthy crunchy alternative and you’ll be set.

4. Ocean’s 11 (1960)

It’s the rat pack in their best, most amazing awesome movie and if you don’t know who the rat pack are/were then slap your forehead in disgust! FYI they were: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and a few other cool dudes. This movie is about a group of cool cats (see above) who plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos on the one night, New Year’s Eve! This is a fantastic movie. It’s funny, action-packed and fun and NYE-ish! You have to see it.

3. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Why oh why did a pretty, cool chick like Sally fall for a weird little dude like Harry? Was it humour? Heart? Or just his twinkling eyes? They start off as friends, pals who share their sad old romances with each other, while their own true love for each other smoulders beneath the surface. On New Year’s Eve they realise that yes, they do have the hots for each other and at a later NYE party they finally make it official-ish.

2. The Godfather Part II (1974)

These movies are quality. They are so well crafted and executed (pardon the pun) – a perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve. It’s the mob, dig!? And the king of the mob in this film is Michael who is in with the rich and powerful including the President. When they go to his NYE party, secrets are brought out into the open, terrible secrets that spell death for members of Mickey’s family. Dah, dah, daaaaaaah! Here’s my full review with matching food: The Godfather Part II film paired with Sicilian Sensations.

Snack 3:

And for our finale… some sparkly sweets on a stick! What would top your night off more than these cuties? They’re Pink Champagne Cake Pops from Keep It Sweet Desserts.

1. Holiday (1938)

Romance is in the air with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. Cary is engaged to Kate’s sister and daddy dearest throws them an elaborate engagement party on New Year’s Eve. A love dodecahedron develops as cupid goes crazy spearing his love arrows into the hearts of these young crazy kids! But they’re all on holiday so in the end, they’re all happy, except maybe for dear old dad. But he’ll get over it! It’s another classic, sure beats the hefty modern NYE movies, don’t ya think!?

What are you up to this fine evening? Happy New Year!!!!!

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